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Trump’s $400 a week jobless aid could be just $300. It depends on where you live.

Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump’s executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted.

Trump issues sweeping executive orders after coronavirus aid talks break down

President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill.

Will Trump’s apportionment order take away an Arizona district?

An order President Donald Trump issued last month to exclude immigrants without authorization to live in the country from a population count used to redistribute between states the 435 seated voting members of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Fee to become U.S. citizen jumping to nearly $1,200, an 83% increase

The federal agency in charge of adjudicating immigration benefits is increasing the fee to become a U.S. citizen by 83% and charging a new fee for people seeking asylum.

COVID-19 relief proposal would extend Paycheck Protection Program

Small businesses struggling under the weight of the COVID-induced economic slump or government mandates limiting their operations may soon get a new lifeline.

Ariz. conservationists sound alarm over Trump pick to head public lands bureau

President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Bureau of Land Management has supported mining near the Grand Canyon, livestock grazing in federally protected areas, resource extraction at national monuments and generally opposed federal management of Western lands — all positions conservationists in Arizona say would hurt the state’s public lands.

US Houses passes package to rescue child care industry

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives stepped in Wednesday to try to rescue the nation’s child care system from collapse under the weight of the pandemic.

New DACA rules slam the door on protections, despite Supreme Court ruling

Arizona immigrant advocates on Tuesday denounced a new Trump administration move to end an Obama-era program that provides a temporary work permit and protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the country as children. 

Get in ‘good trouble’: John Lewis’s words ring out in Capitol one more time

WASHINGTON — The immortal words of the late civil rights leader John Lewis rang out from the U.S. Capitol Monday during a private ceremony in celebration of his life.

Senate Republicans pursue cut to jobless aid, adjourn without action

Democratic leaders slammed Republicans Friday for leaving in the lurch millions of jobless Americans who are relying on enhanced unemployment benefits to stay financially afloat amid ongoing public health and economic crises.
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